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ACRS RESPONDS TO THE NEED FOR CONTINUING ASSURANCE TO STEEL USERS IN DIFFICULT TIMES

31/03/2020

With the effects on global business from the current COVID-19 emergency, ACRS recognises the increasing risk of supply of nonconforming steel where disruption to established supply chains creates the potential for procurement from alternate, unverified sources.

The ACRS scheme is continuing its operation uninterrupted and ACRS certificates continue to be valid, providing continuing assurance to users of steel conformity.

However, as a result of COVID-19, and in consideration of government advice regarding the health and wellbeing of our staff, contractors, and certified organisations; ACRS will be postponing, cancelling, or making alternate arrangements for a number of (but not all) assessments.

For those certificate holders affected, ACRS is developing processes and practices for the temporary substitution of our normal site assessment practice by remote assessments plus additional market testing, where such an approach is necessary and feasible. We will be in touch with the affected certificate holders to provide details on the above. This will be prioritised for sites with assessments due in the next few months.

For certificate users, including specifiers, purchasers and users, we are developing processes and procedures to ensure the effectiveness of the ACRS scheme and assurance to certificate users is maintained throughout the current crisis to ensure continued confidence in steel supply.

A communique on the measures to be adopted will be sent out soon. We thank you for your patience and understanding.


Information for building and construction retailers and supply chain - COVID-19 Alert Level 4

26 March 2020

On 24 March, Cabinet decided that Bunnings, Placemakers, Mitre 10 and other retailers essential to the supply chain for building and construction can stay open to trade customers for essential purposes only. information has been prepared to help you understand what this may mean for you and your business, which can be found on the building.govt.nz website.

COVID-19 Update for Building & Construction Sector

25 March 2020

The Prime Minister has announced New Zealand is now at COVID-19 Alert Level 3, moving to Alert Level 4 from 11.59 pm on Wednesday 25 March for a period of four weeks.

This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of your household.

We understand this is a very unsettling time for everyone, and appreciate you will have questions and concerns about what this means for you and the building and construction sector.

*Please be assured that the Accord Steering Group (ASG) is working closely with the Government and relevant agencies to advise on the support and information needed across the Construction Sector.*

On Monday, the ASG met with Minister Salesa to discuss the situation and inform the action needed from Government to support the industry during this uncertain time. We will keep you updated as the ASG and Government work together to help the sector through this period.

Some initial information has been created for those in the building and construction sector (as at 24 March). This is a very fast-moving situation with information being updated regularly. Please visit https://www.building.govt.nz/covid-19/

Please visit covid.govt.nz for all information relating to COVID-19. This website is being updated regularly with information from a range of agencies to help you find the latest information and to help answer your questions.

Further information:
• What are essential businesses, please visit https://covid19.govt.nz/government-a…/covid-19-alert-level/…

•Financial support during this time, please visit https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actio…/financial-support/

•Advice for businesses, organisations and employees, please visit https://covid19.govt.nz/h…/for-businesses-and-organisations/

Please see below some information about essential businesses for building and construction.

If you have any questions that are not answered or would like to know more, please email accord@mbie.govt.nz. This will help inform the further advice and guidance provided on covid.govt.nz for our sector.

What are essential businesses for Building and Construction?

The below is from the covid.govt.nz website (as at 24 March):

Building and construction

Lead agency: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
• Any entity involved in building and construction related to essential services and critical infrastructure
• Any entity involved in building and construction required immediately to maintain human health and safety at home or work
• Any entity that performs or is involved in building and resource consenting necessary for the above purposes

ESSENTIAL BUSINESS IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

24 March 2020

Information about essential business for the building and construction sector (as at 24 March) is now available on the building.govt.nz website.

This is a very fast-moving situation with information being updated regularly. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

This is a very challenging time but we will get through this, if we stick together.

Be strong and be kind.






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MEMBER UPDATE 23 3 2020

BOINZ STAFF TO WORK REMOTELY EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH

This afternoon the Prime Minister announced the country would move to "Level 3" in the Covid-19 alert scale and within 48 hours we as a country will move to "Level 4" for a period of at least 4 weeks.

The Institute places great value on the well being of its staff, members and the community. Following the Prime Minister's announcement, the Institute made the decision for all staff to deliver its services remotely in the foreseeable future. This will take effect from Wednesday 25th March.

Our goal is to continue to connect with our member community to ensure your ability to operate professionally in terms of skills and with relevant information. We have delivered several services remotely and we will look to expand on these to keep you engaged.

A quick way for you to engage with BOINZ is to download the "BOINZ app" which can be accessed via a search for "BOINZ" in either the Android Play Store or Apple App Store on your phone or computer. Alternately you can go to the BOINZ website and click on the homepage banner to "Download the new BOINZ member app".

Contacting BOINZ staff should still be straight forward as landlines have been diverted to their mobile phones.

We will continue to keep you informed over the next 4 or so weeks.

In the meantime, keep safe and healthy.

Kind Regards


Nicholas (Nick) W. Hill

Chief Executive

RE: BOINZ RESPONSE TO COVID-19


Dear Members,

As the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to impact the global community and in light of the recent government announcements to protect the New Zealand community, your Institute has taken the following steps for the protection of members, their families, and the public:

• Branch meetings will be cancelled until 30th June at which time a re-evaluation will take place

• Training Face to Face events, given the small numbers involved will continue based on registration numbers. Some events will be postponed till a later date. We will also be looking at alternate delivery options.

• Conference 2020 will be postponed. We are working with our suppliers to hold this event later in the year, if appropriate dates can be put in place.

• AGM 2020 - The advertised date of Monday 18th May is postponed. The constitution requires our AGM to be held within 18 months of the previous AGM. This would be on or before 20th November 2020. Should we not be able to hold this General Meeting adjacent or within one of our national events (Conference or SBCO) we will look at providing an alternate mechanism for participation.

• Board Election/Remits - These will go ahead as planned given the process is and can be conducted via an electronic process

• Staff/Board Travel - Only as necessary

I am sure that you will appreciate the impact on your association will be significant in terms of how we operate, communicate, and engage. It is in such testing times that we all need to think and participate laterally. As such, we as an organisation, will be looking to do things a little differently, to ensure both the value and sustainability of the Institute endures. I would encourage both your patience and commitment as we create different pathways of interaction. Part of the success of organisations like ours in different and difficult times is member input. Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts you may have.

In the meantime, please keep safe and healthy.

We will provide updates as the situation evolves.

Best Regards,




Nick Hill

Chief Executive

Building Officials Institute of New Zealand


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